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Woman held in Peru sought in 2nd Las Vegas-area murder case

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2021-08-23 20:30:54-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a woman who is in custody in Peru awaiting extradition to the Las Vegas area in the fatal stabbing of a university professor in 2016 is facing a second murder charge in the death of her husband in 2005.

North Las Vegas police Officer Eric Leavitt said Friday a murder warrant was issued Tuesday for 44-year-old Rita Colon in the stabbing death of Edwin Colon.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Clark County coroner originally ruled 37-year-old Edwin Colon's death a suicide.

Records show that Rita Colon also is sought on a murder charge in the death of 77-year-old Leroy Pelton, a former University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor whose body was found in his Henderson home in December 2016.

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